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Casey Key, FL

15 Jun

Spent Fathers’ Day morning on Casey Key, which is the next key south of Siesta Key. The surf was very calm, so we spent the morning floating around in the beautiful emerald green waters. Casey Key is an exclusive area with virtually no shops or restaurants. One exception to this rule is the wonderful Casey Key Fish House, which can be found almost immediately after you cross the north draw bridge to the island. The Fish House offers fresh daily catches and a great view of the bay. It’s not a particularly upscale place, but the chef’s specialty is bouillabaisse. Can’t wait to give that a whirl. I have dined there for lunch on two different occasions — had the grouper and the mahi sandwiches … both were tasty.

Casey Key is a stunningly beautiful, unspoiled island. You will see some amazing mansions owned by celebs like Stephen King, Martina Navratilova, Oprah Winfrey, and the Gotti family. We snapped a few pictures as we cruised the only road that carries you the length of the key. Looks like Beverly Hills, doesn’t it?

Most homes overlook the Gulf of Mexico. Here is a view looking west to the gulf.

It was a great way to spend the morning. Happy Fathers’ Day, y’all!


Flora & Ella’s Pies

15 Jun

Flora and Ella’s billboard tempts motorists from near and far

Coconut cream pie is our pie of choice here. There are many others to choose from (all good), but their coconut cream is a masterwork of sugar and meringue. Flora and Ella’s is a popular stop in Labelle, FL, which is located along state highway 80. This roadside oasis was opened by two sisters way back in 1933. Locals and travelers alike pull in for good down home eats and friendly service. And most everyone knows to save room for dessert. NBC’s Willard Scott has called Flora and Ella’s pies the best in the nation — no small praise. Call ahead at (863) 675-2891 and they’ll have your pies ready to go. The Key lime is also said to be top notch. Many swear by the peach pie. We just haven’t been able to get past the delectable coconut cream. The everyday menu at Flora and Ella’s includes southern specialties like fried green tomatoes, fried catfish, hoppin’ john, “Country Boy” pot roast, and chicken n’ dumplings. Entrée prices are fair — ranging from about $6.95 to $8.95. Last time we checked, the pie runs about $2.50 per slice or around $13 for a whole pie. Flora and Ella’s makes crossing Florida’s lonesome alligator alley a real pleasure.

Hungry yet?